We had 25 birders who braved the 27 degree temperature, including a birder from Alaska. The second surprise was a Rough-legged Hawk who did a fly over directly above our heads. We ended up with 28 species, including a fly over Bald Eagle and a very tough to see Barred Owl.
The monthly Second Saturday walks are a great opportunity for birders of all skill levels to enjoy the woods and wetlands around the Cleveland Metroparks Rocky River Nature Center. New to birding? You will be amazed how much you can learn in this friendly group.
Aerial insectivores, birds that catch insects on the wing, such as the Chimney Swift are declining and there may be several reasons for the decline.
WCAS held a third conservation project laboratory on January 5, 2018 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. Fifteen people attended this event. Kurt Miske opened the meeting and Tom Romito facilitated the event.
"I'm here too because it puts together two real interests of mine: native plants and birds and this activity will promote both of those." ~ Karen Czerniawski
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Raptors, particularly Bald Eagles, made a big showing as did fruit eating birds. Ornamental crabapples, honeysuckle and Callery pear trees were loaded with fruits and in many cases, birds.
Above: Suzanne Aldrich, Bird Friendly Coffee Coordinator (left) and Betsey Merkel, Web & Marketing (right).
I volunteered because I wanted to make a difference for the birds – a noticeable difference and grow the bird-friendly coffee drinking community within Northeast Ohio. Birds and Beans LLC coffee is already known by the bird watching aficionados in the Cleveland area. But still most coffee drinkers do not know how rich bird-friendly coffee tastes, how it’s grown, how it helps the farmers and of course, how it helps migratory birds return to Ohio.
2017 Count day saw clearing, some snow showers, breaks with sunshine, then bands of heavier snowfall occurring throughout count day making visibility difficult at times and causing some birds to hunker down. What will we find in 2018?
Not only is your chapter or organization receiving a percentage of chapter annual sales to support conservation activities, but promoting consumption of organic, Smithsonian Bird Migratory Center certified shade-grown coffee is a great way to connect to people who care about birds and conservation who might not be members.
We had 24 observers on this Second Saturday in December in Rocky River Reservation. It was a brisk 27 degrees, cloudy and a slight breeze. We had 26 different species. The highlights were a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches that fed out of some of the birders hands. We also had a good look at a Barred Owl, perched high up in a pine tree, observed by all. - Bill Deininger.
In 2017, we saw a Sharp-shinned Hawk and a Red-shouldered Hawk who perched on a broken tree top and gulped a “critter” down. We had an unobstructed view at a very close range. What will we see in 2018?
WCAS held a second conservation project laboratory on December 1, 2018 at Bethany Presbyterian Church in Cleveland. Nine people attended this event. Kurt Miske opened the meeting and Tom Romito facilitated the event.
The vastness and beauty of the Arctic and the inhabitants of the Arctic, both wildlife and people, will be shared with us by Craig Caldwell, Audubon supporter and Editor of The Ohio Cardinal, a publication of the Ohio Ornithological Society.
If you're interested in making the world a better place for birds and habitat, join us for the next Conservation Project Lab to meet up with like-minded people and develop next-generation conservation projects.
Order your coffee by Monday, December 10th or purchase your coffee directly from Suzanne Aldrich, WCAS Bird Friendly Coffee Coordinator.
While too dark to get great photos, our scope views were stunning. Soon after the Peregrine had departed, the Coopers Hawk re-appeared near its original perch and very good scope views allowed us to tick off field marks separating this bird from its close relative, the Sharp-shinned Hawk. Other raptors seen included a Red-shouldered Hawk and an adult Bald Eagle. ~ Tim Colborn, Hotspot Bird Walk
Scopes were needed to see birds on the lake, but a variety of waterfowl were present. Horned Grebes and Loons dove. Mallards and Redheads and Buffleheads cruised in groups, to the delight of several new birders. Two Belted Kingfishers rattled along Spencer Creek. Thanks Rich and Karen Kassouf and Nancy Howell for sharing eBird lists. The list below is a compilation. - Penny O’Connor, Bird Walk Coordinator
Bradstreet's Landing in Rocky River, Ohio offers easily accessible views of Lake Erie waterfowl. Grebes, loons, scaup, scoters have been seen here, as well as Cave Swallows. Depending on local sightings, we will either stay at Bradstreet's landing, or move to other nearby Lake Erie hotspots.
This is a good date for maximizing migrant, resident and wintering waterfowl including geese, swans, dabbling ducks and divers.
WCAS hosted the program, “Conservation Stories of Western Cuyahoga Audubon” on November 6, 2018 that featured personal reports by WCAS members who participated in three conservation projects: Donald Gray Gardens (1985-1996), Dike 14/Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve (circa 2000-2012), and Rocky River Important Bird Area Surveys (2006-2012).
The highlight was a Red-tailed hawk perched directly over the trail about 25 feet high. We were able to walk directly below the hawk, pass by the hawk and continue the walk with him carefully watching us. Great views at all angles. ~ Bill Deininger, Bird Walk Leader
Sub-freezing temperatures did not deter 26 birders for the November 2017 Second Saturday walk. Ice had formed on the ponds. Eastern Bluebirds and Pileated Woodpeckers came in threes. Birders enjoyed American Tree Sparrows. What will we see in 2018?
If you're interested in making the world a better place for birds and habitat, join us to develop next-generation conservation projects.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon has played an active role in Cleveland habitat conservation for nearly fifty years. Join us for a multimedia retrospect of chapter conservation projects that created some of today's iconic northeast Ohio landscapes, often starting with the small actions of one or two people.
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COUNCIL OF OHIO AUDUBON CHAPTERS-COAC Annual Business Mtg & 50 Year Anniversary Celebration, Sun Mar 3, 2019 ANNOUNCEMENT & REGISTRATION
WCAS Project Lab
What’s a WCAS Conservation Project Lab?? Kurt Miske, WCAS Board member, Ch Conservation Committee, talks about why WCAS launched Project Labs at Bethany Presbyterian Church, Gordon Square Arts District and what's happening because of them. Article
NEO Sierra Club members Kathy Schaefer, Urban Issues Committee, and Fran Mentch, Activist, Co-Chair, Water Committee, participate in the Jan 2019 WCAS Conservation Project Lab, Bethany Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, OH, Gordon Square Arts District.
"Well, I was just at the most recent Western Cuyahoga Audubon meeting and we're planning new projects to possibly raise money through growing native plants and selling them to people who are interested in growing native plants in their gardens." ~ Patrick McGuigan
Terry Robison, Dir Natural Resources, Cleveland Metroparks, and Tom Romito, WCAS, talk about the value WCAS members have brought to advance NEO conservation at the Cleveland Metroparks.
Thank you for joining us for “Conservation Stories of Western Cuyahoga Audubon”, an evening of legendary member stories and participatory idea stations to generate next-gen conservation projects supported by the WCAS Giving Day Fund.
Wendy Weirich, Dir Outdoor Experiences, Cleveland Metroparks, Tom Romito, WCAS, and Tim Colborn, Ohio Ornithological Society, talk about the value conservation groups bring to regional conservation efforts and how we can all work together for a better world.
Waterfowl Hotspot Field Trip at Sandy Ridge Reservation, Sat Nov 17, 2018 Report
Sponsor-A-Speaker in the WCAS 2018-2019 Speaker Series. See Details
Volunteer Positions 2018-2019
WCAS Speaker Series 2018-2019 Trifold
Business Sponsors & Contributors
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Shopping for fall gardening? The Rock Pile Garden Center donates 5% of your purchases back to WCAS to support conservation activities! Go Here
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The 'BAZAAR’ features low-priced goods to fundraise for chapter conservation activities. Follow updates here and on social media!
WATCH "Hotspot Birding with eBird Occurrence Graphs" by Tim Colborn.
WATCH "Second Saturday Winter Birding 2018 Delights". Read Report
WATCH "The Sights and Sounds of Migrating Warblers". Photos by Dave Lewis, sounds by Andrew Spencer. Read More
WATCH "Early Evening Bird Walk" May 17, 2017, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center. Read More
WATCH Edgewater Park and Wendy Park Birds Jan 28, 2017. Read More
Second Saturday Bird Walks Are For Everyone
Second Saturday Birds January 14, 2017
Second Saturday Bird Walk July 9, 2016
Annual Picnic, Plant Exchange & Bird Walk 2018
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